Air New Zealand, the national carrier of New Zealand, said on Sunday it would require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in one of the world’s strictest policies for travelers.
Greg Foran, CEO of Air New Zealand, said in a statement that vaccination against Covid-19 is the new reality of international travel – many destinations that Kiwis want to visit are already closed to unvaccinated visitors.
New Zealand plans to reopen its international borders, which have been closed since March 2020 to anyone who is not a New Zealand citizen, early next year.
Air New Zealand said Air New Zealand will implement a vaccination policy from 1 February.
“As with anything, there will be those who disagree,” Foran said. “However, we know this is the right thing to do to protect our people, our customers and the broader New Zealand community.”
In September, Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, said it would require all passengers on international flights to be vaccinated, becoming one of the first airlines in the world to require proof of vaccination for everyone on board.
The news comes as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a cautious stance A plan to ease lockdown restrictions In Auckland, though, the outbreak is still there, which is still maturing.
“For this outbreak, it’s clear that long periods of severe restrictions didn’t get us to zero cases,” she said.
“But that’s OK. The exclusion was important because we didn’t have vaccines. Now we’re doing that, so we can start changing the way we do things.”
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